Every subject I was going to write about this week was totally eclipsed by the political turmoil surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. This story was so big even President Trump’s daily faux pas were bumped from the headlines.
When I first learned of the allegations made against the latest nominee for Supreme Court Justice, it sounded like politics as usual. There were vague accusations of sexual assault from 30-plus years ago brought forth by a woman who seemed to waiver on whether she would actually testify before the Congressional committee. There didn’t seem to be enough ammunition to halt the vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Until last Thursday.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, with the help of Democratic party leaders, was able to tell her tale to Congress to ensure that nominee Brett Kavanaugh was never granted a position on our country’s highest court.
I was riveted to news radio the day Blasey Ford testified. I didn’t know what to expect from the proceedings and that made what I heard all the more shocking. She was collected and compelling as she recounted the day she was 15 years old and she was sexually assaulted by a then seventeen year-old Kavanaugh. I won’t go into the details here, you’ve probably heard them a million times by now.
Listening to the hearing was heart-achingly painful as Blasey Ford answered questions asked by the Republican-hired sex crime investigator Rachel Mitchell. Even though the assault happened long ago, the effects were traumatic and everlasting. I was at work listening through headphones but I wasn’t getting much work done. I wanted the Congressional committee to rescind Kavanaugh’s nomination before Blasey Ford even finished her testimony. She stated she was 100% certain that Brett Kavanaugh was the person who drunkenly assaulted her. She had me convinced. But there are two sides to every story.
I was not prepared for what transpired when Brett Kavanaugh made his appearance before the committee. Agitated and angry, he blamed the Democrats for orchestrating this charade. He called the proceedings a politically driven circus with a singular agenda – to stop his appointment to the Supreme Court at all costs. He even threw the Clintons under the bus for good measure. If these allegations against Kavanaugh are true, I don’t understand how past multiple background checks discovered nothing out of the ordinary when he was extensively vetted for previous appointments. His heated response before the committee drew criticism from some observers. False accusations of being a serial gang rapist would make anyone angry. Brett Kavanaugh stated under oath he was 100% certain he did not sexually assault Christine Blasey Ford. When Senator John Kennedy asked him to swear to God, Brett Kavanaugh did so without wavering. That has to mean something even by today’s standards.
Congress agreed to open an FBI investigation into the matter. Republicans had no choice but to agree even if, to some, it seems like a delay tactic by the Democrats who don’t want a conservative Republican seated on the bench of the Supreme Court. The beleaguered FBI is already on shaky ground with the current presidential administration. I can’t wait to see what new details the investigation uncovers. The truth is out there. Although in this case of alternative facts and suppressed memories, it seems the truth lies somewhere in between. “Lies” being the key word.